Curated by David Bram, editor and publisher of the online Fraction Magazine, this multi-site exhibition brings together 45 diverse contemporary photographers, both established and emerging, with 35 artists from across the United States featured at 516 ARTS and 10 international artists featured at UNM Art Museum (from China, France, Japan, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway and the UK). This exhibition is the center of a new season-long photography collaboration called PhotoSummer in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe (see separate press release). Opening events for Fraction of a Second take place during the Albuquerque weekend of PhotoSummer (June 5 & 6). Join Guest Curator David Bram for a walk-through of the portion of the Fraction of a Second exhibition at 516 ARTS on Saturday, June 6 at 5pm. Local and visiting artists featured in the exhibition will talk about their work with Bram and answer questions from the public.
Fraction Magazine began as a way to broaden exposure for under-recognized work. Since it was launched seven years ago, it has featured portfolios of more than 300 photographers worldwide. Despite the accessibility and wide reach of an online venue, nothing replaces the experience of seeing a beautiful image printed and up close. The object is supreme.
The exhibition catalog for Fraction of a Second is published by Radius Books, and includes essays by Michele Penhall and James Elkins. Penhall says, “With a keen and perceptive sense of what makes a good picture, each month Bram presents a handful of engaging and original portfolios by young and/or emerging artists whose work, in almost all instances, has never before been published or seen online. And he does this one image at a time. ...In addition to the contemporary work Bram presents, he has featured work by a number of established and renowned photographers…This nod to both photography’s history and canon provides balance to the very au courant nature of publishing visual work online, as it also no doubt introduces many young and/or foreign photographers to some of the discipline’s significant artists and iconic images.”
at 516 ARTS: Leon Alesi (Texas), Holly Lynton (Massachusetts, Liz Arenberg (New York), Sara Macel (New York), Thomas Barrow (New Mexico), Rania Matar (Massachusetts), Clare Benson (Michigan), Sarah Moore (Montana), Jonathan Blaustein (New Mexico), Bruce Myren (Massachusetts), Aaron Blum (Pennsylvania), David Ondrik (Oregon), Daniel Coburn (Kansas), Edward Ranney (New Mexico), Matthew Conboy (Pennsylvania), Kathleen Robbins (South Carolina), Matthew Crowther (Illinois), Bastienne Schmidt (New York), Jess Dugan (Illinois), Nick Shepard (Oregon), Kirk Gittings (New Mexico), Lara Shipley (Missouri), Alice Hargrave (Illinois), Charlie Simokaitis (Illinois), *Rita Koehler (Indiana)*, Kurt Simonson (California), Karen Kuehn (New Mexico), Tabitha Soren (California), Galina Kurlat (Texas), Cheryle St Onge (New Hampshire), Nate Larson (Maryland), Jim Stone (New Mexico), Marni Shindelman (Georgia), Joel Peter Witkin (New Mexico) and Isa Leshko (Massachusetts)
Rita Koehler is a guest artist-in-resident as part of 516 ARTS partnership with the national NPN/Visual Artists Network residency program. For this residency, Koehler will be working on a diptych of opposing sides that is part of her new series titled Xenia. Xenia is a body of work addressing the transformational role of women religious in the Catholic Church since Vatican II. Portraits from this work will be featured in the Fraction of a Second exhibition at 516 ARTS.
at UNM Art Museum: Alex Catt (UK), Ellie Davies (UK), Regis Feugere (France), Paul Gaffney (Ireland), Sachiko Kawanabe (Japan), Ingvild Melberg Eikeland (Norway), Yvette Monahan (Ireland), Paulo Patrizi (Italy), Jiehao Su (China), Hiko Uemara (Netherlands)
Kathaleen Roberts, “‘Fraction’ evokes intrigue” Albuquerque Journal